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argued for granting russia pntr, which has until now been prevented by what is known as the jackson-vanik amendment, focus on the supposedly bilateral trade benefits. the issue that concerns me and many members is not trade but human rights. advocates of repeal say that the jackson-vanik amendment is outdated and is purely symbolic and therefore should be disregarded. but in the ira of human rights, madam speaker, symbols can have a very great importance. over the years jackson-vanik has become a sign of the continuing u.s. commitment to human rights in russia and elsewhere. repealing the amendment could very well be interpreted as an indication that our commitment is now weakening. this would be a terrible signal to send at a time when putin is in the process of imposing ever tighter restrictions on all opposition to his regime, especially democratic activists and any others who dare to defy the authorities. i also oppose granting russia aren't -- pntr at this time because it is but one more concession by the united states in pursuit of the president's failed reset of relations wit
for granting me the opportunity to serve them for 17 wonderful years. signed, sincerely, jesse jackson jr., member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: under clause 5 of rule 20, the chair announces to the house that in light they have resignation of the gentleman from illinois, mr. jackson this ewhole number of the house is 433. pursuant to clause 12a >> on thursday, the house democrats will elect their leaders for the 113th congress. we will have live house coverage in about an hour here on c-span. in the senate, they have been working on the defense authorization bill. harry reid has been talking about the brugget cuts and tax increases and here he is speaking to reporters just after the caucus lunch. it's about 10 minutes. >> we are -- we had a meeting with the four leaders up here at the white house, it went very well. the problem was that was before thanksgiving. and since that time, there has been little progress with the republic carns, which is a indictment -- republicans, which is a disappointment to me. we only have a couple of weeks to get something done. we have to get away
in jackson, mississippi, independent. caller: good morning. newly appointed superintendent, i met with yesterday. we have 30,000 students and 2000 are homeless. 70% of our schools in the city, i visited alternative schools where we had the bus driver and security guards running the alternative schools. we have teachers who are failing these students and failed those students' parents and grandparents. they've been in the school system's 25 for 30 years. we accept this. we fired a coach at southern university yesterday because they went 0-12. how is it we led 75% of our students fail and we continue to retain the same principals and teachers? 76% of our schools in jackson need to be charter schools. this is the only outlet that i see for the future of our children in jackson, mississippi. host: let me throw this into the mix before we go. schools install a tracking system despite protests. ships pinpoint location of students. -- chips. perry, philadelphia, tennessee, democratic caller. how you fix the school system? caller: i appreciate you letting me speak. years ago i was in sout
will be right back after this update from c-span radio. >> 8:37. here are some of the headlines. jesse jackson jr.'s resignation from congress might have ended his political career but is not at -- and the mark of troubles for jesse jackson. the nine term democratic congressman said his letter of resignation yesterday. confirms publicly for the first time that he is under a federal probe and is cooperating with investigators. the president of cyprus says his country is very close to signing an agreement with potential predators for a bailout to support its troubled banks and to pay its bills. this comes one day after officials wrapped up a third round of negotiations with officials from the european commission, the european subtle bank and the actor national monetary fund. meanwhile, european leaders are sticking out their positions as they gather today for what is expected to be a turbulent and lengthy summit to determine a seven-year budget for the 27 country european union. in a battle pitting several wealthy member states against those seeking a bigger aid budget, david cameron is leading
" with representative jesse jackson jr. -- also on the congressional front, allen west, the tea party- backed african-american in florida who lost his reelection writes today in the "washington times" -- he said that his lawyers saw no way to the effect the outcome of that recounts in the district. so that's this morning. also, the front page of the washington times has a lengthy piece about the what is causing the recovery in the united states to sputter. so those are some other stories for you this morning. we will keep looking at the newspapers as we get your thoughts on our question for all of you, which is in the washington times and the new york times this morning, front- page stories about one-party rule. the washington times asked if is a cure for gridlock. looking at state legislatures. michael on the line. caller: thanks for taking my call. i voted democrat in the last election and i have grown to regret. i would like to say this to all the voters out there. whether you are democrats, republican, independent, it does not matter. what matters is the people that elected officials to represent
that are fantastic schools. there is the jackson school in philadelphia. they are doing great jobs for the kids. the teachers and principals are collaborating with each other. the question is how to sustain it and scale it up for all kids. that is what we should be learning from each other, not piting each other against each other. that is what has sometimes happen in terms of charter schools. host: houston, texas, is the last call, on the independent line. caller: hello, thank you for "washington journal." there seems to be some talk of conspiracy to deny youth adequate education. i think we're using unions and money to do it. first of all, i think teachers are not adequately compensated enough for what they are doing. i think they should be on a pedestal. i think once you pay the teachers adequately, we can get the kinds of individuals in the schools who can accurately educate children. to have all of this bickering about pensions and quality of education, i think once the teachers are adequately compensated for what they are doing we can scrutinize about the product they are putting out. i d
trade relations, replacing the 1974 special bilateral agreement with russia, known as the jackson-vanik amendment. the united states is not required to change any u.s. law as a result of russia's w.t.o. membership other than this change to the 1974 trade law. this is in contrast to bilateral free trade agreements where the united states is required to provide duty-free treatment. if that were all there was to h.r. 6156, it would pass or fail along familiar lines of trade-related legislation. but mr. speaker, h.r. 6156 will become known as a landmark piece of trade legislation, not because it grants pmtr for russia and muldova, but it includes title 4, the sergei magnitsky rule of law accountability act of 2012. let me share with my colleagues the life and death of sergei magnitsky and whose honor this section of the bill is named. after exposing the largest tax fraud in russian history, tax lawyer sergei magnitsky was wrongly arrested and tortured in a russian prison. six months later he became ill. he was denied medical attention. on november 16, 2009, three years ago tomorrow, h
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